Joe Cardle knew he was going to lose his job when he arrived at East End Park yesterday – but he admitted he could not have envisaged such measures hitting Dunfermline even last week.
Cardle was among a full team of players who were made redundant in an ongoing process of cutbacks made by interim administrator Bryan Jackson.
The 26-year-old emerged from East End Park more than two hours after all players sat down to hear their fate, one day after Jackson was appointed in a bid to avert the Fife club being wound up over an unpaid £134,000 tax bill. But the winger knew what was coming.
“I knew I was going to be one of the lot that had to go,” Cardle said. “I was expecting it. It’s a bit funny hearing your name called out and told that’s you on your way but it’s part and parcel of what’s been going on for the last six months. It’s scary, unbelievable. It’s unacceptable.”
Players only received a fraction of their wages last month following a series of delays this season. And those players who survived the cull have been given no guarantees they will be paid. But Cardle did not realise the true extent of the situation, which experienced football finance trouble-shooter Jackson has described as the worst he has faced, until recently. “I didn’t see this coming at all, I’ll be honest,” Cardle said. “It was only the last week that I thought this was going to happen.”
Striker Andy Barrowman confirmed on Twitter he had been made redundant while captain Jordan McMillan was also among those to lose his job, with the others not announced by Jackson until the process is complete.